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We found 17 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health 1449 near Spring Hill, FL.

Dr. Henry Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard; Mdc 62
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Henry Rodriguez's specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Rodriguez's areas of expertise include type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Albany Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for residency. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Rodriguez is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes

Dr. Paul Edward Dimarco, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Paul Dimarco, who practices in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dimarco include diabetes. Dr. Dimarco's professional affiliations include James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) and Morton Plant Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Dimarco is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Anthony Douglas Morrison, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Morrison's specialty is adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes and metabolism. Patient ratings for Dr. Morrison average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morrison honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Morrison attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Morrison's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Metabolism

Dr. Michel M El-Murr, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Michel Murr is a physician who specializes in bariatric surgery. Dr. Murr obtained his medical school training at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. His areas of expertise include diabetes, minimally invasive surgery, and hepatobiliary disorders. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Murr has received the following distinctions: USF Research Day: Outstanding Resident Research, University of South Florida; USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, Univeristy of South Florida; and USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, University of South Florida. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Morbid Obesity, Diabetes, Pancreatic Cancer, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Valerie Eugenia Whiteman, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Valerie Whiteman is a perinatologist in Tampa, FL and Lakeland, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Whiteman include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), prenatal diagnosis, and telemedicine. She is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Whiteman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Whiteman graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Whiteman's distinctions include: Member, American Telemedicine Society; Diplomate ABOG and Maternal Fetal Medicine, ABOG; and Diplomate American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ABOG.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Telemedicine, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Gustavo Serrano, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5101 N N Aremenia Avenue; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Gustavo Serrano, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. Dr. Serrano is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and a graduate of the University District Hospital, Puerto Rico's residency program. Dr. Serrano is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Dialysis

Dr. Tomas Figueroa Nieves, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12500 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Tomas Figueroa-Nieves sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. In Dr. Figueroa-Nieves's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Dr. Figueroa-Nieves completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Brian Daniel Knox, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Brian Knox's specialties are general internal medicine and general pediatrics. Dr. Knox's areas of expertise include the following: bulimia, diabetes, and obesity. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Dr. Knox trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for his residency. He has received the following distinction: Research Scholars Program, Academic Pediatric Association. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Eating Disorders, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Anorexia, Bulimia, Metabolic Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kanchan Parasher, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
12500 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kanchan Parasher is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Parasher at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes, minor surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital North, and Florida Medical Clinic. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parasher accepts. She is a graduate of Government Medical College, Amritsar. Dr. Parasher (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Jayesh Shanalal Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1426 Busch Boulevard; Suite 105, Office of Jayesh Shah Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jayesh Shah, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Shah attended medical school at B.J. Medical College. His clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and kidney problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Geriatric Health

Dr. Jose Ernesto Alvarez Bernal, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7820 N Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jose Alvarez-Bernal's medical specialty is general internal medicine. In Dr. Alvarez-Bernal's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and nutrition counseling. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He completed his residency training at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Alvarez-Bernal speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Weight Management, Nutrition Counseling, Diabetes, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Joint Injections

Dr. Lisa Ann Scudder, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10004 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lisa Scudder is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Scudder's areas of expertise include the following: minor surgery, wellness visit, and women's health issues. She is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Scudder attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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All Interests: Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, Wellness Visit, Preventive Care, Patient Education, ... (Read more)

Dr. Denise Kalil Edwards, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Denise Edwards works as a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist in Tampa, FL. These areas are among her clinical interests: bulimia, diabetes, and obesity. She is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Edwards attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Edwards welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Eating Disorders, Diabetes, Obesity, General Care, Anorexia, Bulimia, Metabolic Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harris Hugh McIlwain, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
13801 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Suite 406
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Harris McIlwain practices geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. McIlwain's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. McIlwain has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. McIlwain is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Tendonitis, Geriatric Health, X-Rays

Dr. Gerald Vincent Curley, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12500 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Gerald Curley's area of specialization is general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, osteoporosis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Curley is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital North and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Chandravadan Jashbhai Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
116 W Bougainvillea Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Chandravadan Patel works as an internist in Tampa, FL. He completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes and geriatric health. On average, patients gave Dr. Patel a rating of 1.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Geriatric Health

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, or simply 'diabetes,' is a disease where levels of sugar in the blood become dangerously high. When food is eaten, the body converts it into a form of sugar called glucose that can be used by cells in the body for energy. An organ called the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that acts like a key, ‘unlocking’ cell walls so that glucose can be absorbed and used. When something in this process goes wrong, and glucose builds up to dangerous levels, diabetes happens.

There are a couple of different types of diabetes, depending on what is causing glucose levels to rise.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Usually diagnosed in childhood, this type used to be called juvenile diabetes. It affects about 5% of all diabetics. We don’t know what causes the pancreas to shut down, but it is thought that a virus might trigger an immune reaction, where the body attacks and destroys the pancreas by mistake. People who have relatives with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have it themselves.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the cell walls do not recognize the insulin produced very well, called insulin resistance. The pancreas can still produce insulin, but it is not effective at lowering blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight. However, not everyone who is overweight will get type 2 diabetes, and not everyone who has type 2 diabetes is overweight. Other risk factors include age, race, and a family history of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens in the last half of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes generally do not have diabetes before or after they are pregnant. The placenta produces hormones that block the action of insulin in the mother’s body. For about 18% of women, their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with the increased demands and they become diabetic while pregnant. High blood sugar levels can be dangerous to the developing fetus, causing complications such as high birth weight, low blood sugar and jaundice, so it is important to treat gestational diabetes even if it only lasts a few weeks.

Many people currently living with diabetes do not know it yet, since mild diabetes has few or no symptoms. As blood sugar levels rise over time, symptoms begin to appear. Some include:
  • thirst
  • fatigue
  • frequent urination
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blurred vision
A simple blood test in the doctor’s office can diagnose diabetes.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of diabetes. Most people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections to survive. Some people with type 2 or gestational diabetes also take insulin, or they may take oral medications or control their blood sugar with diet and exercise. It’s important for all diabetics to monitor their blood sugar daily so they can stay healthy.

If diabetes is not treated well, it can be dangerous, damaging the eyes, nerves, and kidneys, and leading to heart disease and the loss of limbs. However, if it is well managed, diabetes does not have to limit your life. Keeping diabetes under good control is the best way to enjoy a long and healthy life.